This body of work presents a visual memoir of my childhood. Told through these self-portraits, this work captures the essence of my memories. Though the sculptures portray my present age as storyteller, the content comes from my childhood. I am exploring the roots of my love of storytelling by joining my passion for clay with the events of my past. The process of making these portraits, for me, closely reflects the process of growing up. In a similar way, as I built, I learned the limits and possibilities of the clay. Now, even as an adult I reflect on my emotions and translate these highs and lows into my pieces. I want the viewer to connect with the narrative on a personal level through the emotional content of the work. Though all the sculptures are self-portraits I hope the audience will identify with the pieces, laugh out loud and possibly be inspired to begin telling stories of their own.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Figure sculpture--Themes, motives; Figure sculpture--Technique; Memory in art; Storytelling in art; Gulland, Megan E.--Self portraits
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Gulland, Megan, "As I recall..." (2011). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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